Brooms are sometimes put to punitive use, such as a caning or a birching.
In baseball, when the home team is close to accomplishing a sweep (having won the first two games of a three-game series or first three games of a four-game series), some fans will bring brooms to the ballpark and brandish them as a way of taunting the visiting team.
Because of their similarities to fighting staves, broomsticks may be used as weapons by those trained in staff martial arts techniques.
Many navies around the world have a tradition of lashing a broom to the mast or highest antenna or tower on their ships when they are returning to port after successful missions. This is a sign that there has been a "clean sweep" of the seas.